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Scholars’ Library: In conversation with Chisanga Chekwe on 'Zambia: Pathways to Excellence'

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Add to Calendar Scholars’ Library: In conversation with Chisanga Chekwe on 'Zambia: Pathways to Excellence'Zoom
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Zoom
Speakers
Chisanga Chekwe & Chishimba Kasanga
Event price
Free
Booking Required
Not Required
Part of the Lifelong Fellowship portfolio, The Scholars’ Library is a monthly book talk series, where Rhodes alumni can come together to present, discover and debate their literary works. If you’re interested in getting involved, please reach out to Georgie Thurston at georgie.thurston@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk

For our June event, we are pleased to invite you to take part in a conversation with Chisanga Chekwe (Zambia & Exeter 1976), author of 'Zambia: Pathways to Excellence'.

In dialogue with Chishimba Kasanga (Zambia & Wolfson 2021), amongst other topics Chisanga will discuss the current state of Zambia, pathways to improvement and the role colonialism plays.

Scholars may obtain a copy of 'Zambia: Pathways to Excellence' here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Zambia-Pathways-to-Excellence-by-Chekwe-Chisanga/9781913976071
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Kiyoshi Kuromiya: a political biography

Add to Calendar 2022-05-17T16:30:002022-05-17T17:30:00 Kiyoshi Kuromiya: a political biographyZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
Che Gossett
Event price
Free
Booking Required
Required
Accessibility
There is provision for wheelchair users.
OCLW Visiting Scholar Che Gossett discusses the biography of AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya and how his life illustrated abolitionist thought and praxis.



Abstract: My talk focuses on the remarkable life of AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya, who was born in an internment camp and was involved in Civil Rights, Black Power, queer and trans liberationist and AIDS activist movements. I argue that abolition — from closets to cages — is the thread that sutures together his participation in these social movements, which are so often historicized as discrete.



I also explore how Kuromiya radicalized and democratized his collaborator Buckminster Fuller's techno futurism with the use of technology and the internet for HIV/AIDS activism — including incarcerated activism and how he simultaneously extends Fuller’s legacy as well by posthumously editing and publishing his books as his “adjuvant.” I discuss how HIV/AIDS lies at the nexus of anti-blackness, racial capitalism and the carceral state. I unpack how HIV is entangled with the “scramble for Africa” and how both the history and etiology of HIV/AIDS are mediated by colonialism. I situate Black queer and trans AIDS activism within the larger context of the Black radical tradition. I show how the Black AIDS activist struggle is part of a longer trajectory of insurgent resistance to the violence of premature death. I consider how Kuromiya's story opens up questions about the politics of solidarity and also think through the import of his life and work for Asian American and Japanese queer theory and studies. Finally, I raise questions about the genre of biography itself and what possibilities might exist beyond the individuated self as the object of biography.



Che Gossett is a Black non-binary femme writer. They are an incoming Visiting Scholar at OCLW and a currently a postdoc at the Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University.



This event will take place via Zoom at 5.30PM GMT (UK time) / 12.30PM EST (Eastern time) on Tuesday 17 May 2022.
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‘Entrustment (gtad pa) in Indian Mahāyāna and Tibetan gter ma’. Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third Series

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Add to Calendar 2022-05-23T17:00:002022-05-23T18:30:00 ‘Entrustment (gtad pa) in Indian Mahāyāna and Tibetan gter ma’. Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third SeriesZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
Robert Mayer
Booking Required
Not Required

Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third Series is organised by Dr Robert Mayer on Zoom.



This series will consider the interrelated themes of scriptural revelation in South Asian and Tibetan Buddhism. Hence we will focus on a comparative study of four overlapping and related models for scriptural revelation:



[1] The reincarnated dharmabhāṇaka of the Mahāyāna sūtras.

[2] Indian Buddhist Yogatantra and Yoginītantra models for scriptural revelation.

[3] The avatāraka siddha of the non-dual Śaivism of Kashmir.

[4] The rNying ma gter ma tradition in Tibet.



The series is envisaged as an open ended conversation between textual scholars, historians, and anthropologists, comparing scriptural revelation in Indian Mahāyāna, Indian tantric Buddhism, specifically Kashmiri/Uḍḍiyāṇa non-dual Śaiva and Buddhist tantrism, and Tibetan gter ma traditions.



The Treasure Seminar is an interdisciplinary seminar series on treasure discovery and scriptural revelation across mainly Asian cultures. Series one and two explored the treasure and revelatory cultures mainly of India, China, and Tibet, considering them individually and comparatively. We also considered comparable traditions across other cultures. The convenors are Anna Sehnalova, Matt Orsborn, Rob Mayer, and Yegor Grebnev. Participants have included Anna Sehnalova, Barend ter Haar, Cathy Cantwell, Catherine Hardie, Charles Stewart, Piers Kelly, Reinier Langelaar, Robert Mayer, Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Ulrike Roesler, Yegor Grebnev, and others. Most of the presentations so far have issued into publications. We are grateful to Merton College for the facilities and support received for the first series, and to Wolfson College’s Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre for the funding, facilities, and support we received for the second series. We are grateful to the Oriental Studies Faculty for enabling the third series.



To join Zoom Meeting use:

Meeting ID: 852 5174 7964

Passcode: 310419
 

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‘Early Explanations for the Appearance of Mahayana Sutras'. Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third Series

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Add to Calendar 2022-05-09T17:00:002022-05-09T18:30:00 ‘Early Explanations for the Appearance of Mahayana Sutras'. Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third SeriesZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
David Drewes
Booking Required
Not Required

Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third Series is organised by Dr Robert Mayer on Zoom.



This series will consider the interrelated themes of scriptural revelation in South Asian and Tibetan Buddhism. Hence we will focus on a comparative study of four overlapping and related models for scriptural revelation:



[1] The reincarnated dharmabhāṇaka of the Mahāyāna sūtras.

[2] Indian Buddhist Yogatantra and Yoginītantra models for scriptural revelation.

[3] The avatāraka siddha of the non-dual Śaivism of Kashmir.

[4] The rNying ma gter ma tradition in Tibet.



The series is envisaged as an open ended conversation between textual scholars, historians, and anthropologists, comparing scriptural revelation in Indian Mahāyāna, Indian tantric Buddhism, specifically Kashmiri/Uḍḍiyāṇa non-dual Śaiva and Buddhist tantrism, and Tibetan gter ma traditions.



The Treasure Seminar is an interdisciplinary seminar series on treasure discovery and scriptural revelation across mainly Asian cultures. Series one and two explored the treasure and revelatory cultures mainly of India, China, and Tibet, considering them individually and comparatively. We also considered comparable traditions across other cultures. The convenors are Anna Sehnalova, Matt Orsborn, Rob Mayer, and Yegor Grebnev. Participants have included Anna Sehnalova, Barend ter Haar, Cathy Cantwell, Catherine Hardie, Charles Stewart, Piers Kelly, Reinier Langelaar, Robert Mayer, Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Ulrike Roesler, Yegor Grebnev, and others. Most of the presentations so far have issued into publications. We are grateful to Merton College for the facilities and support received for the first series, and to Wolfson College’s Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre for the funding, facilities, and support we received for the second series. We are grateful to the Oriental Studies Faculty for enabling the third series.



Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85251747964?pwd=WHFDQXdJUE81RUpTYTYxem1lZktjdz09



Meeting ID: 852 5174 7964

Passcode: 310419
 

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‘Revelation and Rediscovery: Early Medieval Indian Origin Myths of the Tantras’. Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third Series

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Add to Calendar 2022-05-02T17:00:002022-05-02T18:30:00 ‘Revelation and Rediscovery: Early Medieval Indian Origin Myths of the Tantras’. Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third SeriesZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
David Gray
Booking Required
Not Required

Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third Series is organised by Dr Robert Mayer on Zoom.



This series will consider the interrelated themes of scriptural revelation in South Asian and Tibetan Buddhism. Hence we will focus on a comparative study of four overlapping and related models for scriptural revelation:



[1] The reincarnated dharmabhāṇaka of the Mahāyāna sūtras.

[2] Indian Buddhist Yogatantra and Yoginītantra models for scriptural revelation.

[3] The avatāraka siddha of the non-dual Śaivism of Kashmir.

[4] The rNying ma gter ma tradition in Tibet.



The series is envisaged as an open ended conversation between textual scholars, historians, and anthropologists, comparing scriptural revelation in Indian Mahāyāna, Indian tantric Buddhism, specifically Kashmiri/Uḍḍiyāṇa non-dual Śaiva and Buddhist tantrism, and Tibetan gter ma traditions.



The Treasure Seminar is an interdisciplinary seminar series on treasure discovery and scriptural revelation across mainly Asian cultures. Series one and two explored the treasure and revelatory cultures mainly of India, China, and Tibet, considering them individually and comparatively. We also considered comparable traditions across other cultures. The convenors are Anna Sehnalova, Matt Orsborn, Rob Mayer, and Yegor Grebnev. Participants have included Anna Sehnalova, Barend ter Haar, Cathy Cantwell, Catherine Hardie, Charles Stewart, Piers Kelly, Reinier Langelaar, Robert Mayer, Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Ulrike Roesler, Yegor Grebnev, and others. Most of the presentations so far have issued into publications. We are grateful to Merton College for the facilities and support received for the first series, and to Wolfson College’s Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre for the funding, facilities, and support we received for the second series. We are grateful to the Oriental Studies Faculty for enabling the third series.



Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85251747964?pwd=WHFDQXdJUE81RUpTYTYxem1lZktjdz09



Meeting ID: 852 5174 7964

Passcode: 310419
 

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‘Perfected Beings in Human Form: The Siddha Tradition in Śaiva Tantra'. Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third Series

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Add to Calendar 2022-04-25T17:00:002022-04-25T18:30:00 ‘Perfected Beings in Human Form: The Siddha Tradition in Śaiva Tantra'. Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third SeriesZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
John Nemec
Booking Required
Not Required

Oxford Treasure Seminar, Third Series is organised by Dr Robert Mayer on Zoom.



This series will consider the interrelated themes of scriptural revelation in South Asian and Tibetan Buddhism. Hence we will focus on a comparative study of four overlapping and related models for scriptural revelation:



[1] The reincarnated dharmabhāṇaka of the Mahāyāna sūtras.

[2] Indian Buddhist Yogatantra and Yoginītantra models for scriptural revelation.

[3] The avatāraka siddha of the non-dual Śaivism of Kashmir.

[4] The rNying ma gter ma tradition in Tibet.



The series is envisaged as an open ended conversation between textual scholars, historians, and anthropologists, comparing scriptural revelation in Indian Mahāyāna, Indian tantric Buddhism, specifically Kashmiri/Uḍḍiyāṇa non-dual Śaiva and Buddhist tantrism, and Tibetan gter ma traditions.



The Treasure Seminar is an interdisciplinary seminar series on treasure discovery and scriptural revelation across mainly Asian cultures. Series one and two explored the treasure and revelatory cultures mainly of India, China, and Tibet, considering them individually and comparatively. We also considered comparable traditions across other cultures. The convenors are Anna Sehnalova, Matt Orsborn, Rob Mayer, and Yegor Grebnev. Participants have included Anna Sehnalova, Barend ter Haar, Cathy Cantwell, Catherine Hardie, Charles Stewart, Piers Kelly, Reinier Langelaar, Robert Mayer, Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Ulrike Roesler, Yegor Grebnev, and others. Most of the presentations so far have issued into publications. We are grateful to Merton College for the facilities and support received for the first series, and to Wolfson College’s Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre for the funding, facilities, and support we received for the second series. We are grateful to the Oriental Studies Faculty for enabling the third series.



Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85251747964?pwd=WHFDQXdJUE81RUpTYTYxem1lZktjdz09



Meeting ID: 852 5174 7964

Passcode: 310419
 

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JUSTICE: Cold Rights in a Warming World

Add to Calendar 2022-03-03T18:00:002022-03-03T19:30:00 JUSTICE: Cold Rights in a Warming WorldZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
Artists Susan Schuppli and Carey Young in conversation
Event price
Free
Booking Required
Required

Artist-researcher Susan Schuppli will discuss her work, which explores the ways in which non-human witnesses such as materials and objects can enter public discourse and testify to historical events, especially those involving political violence, ethnic conflict and war crimes. Schuppli’s work assumes many different modes of communication, from legal analysis and public advocacy to theoretical reflection and creative exploration. Her current artistic projects expand these legal investigations to examine how environmental systems and transformations due to global warming are also generating new forms of evidence, creating, in effect, a planetary archive of material witnesses.

Susan Schuppli is Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, and is Board Chair of Forensic Architecture. Her artistic work has been exhibited at galleries and museums internationally. Schuppli’s monograph Material Witness: Media, Forensics, Evidence was published by MIT Press, 2020. https://susanschuppli.com

Carey Young is a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson and was Wolfson’s Creative Arts Fellow 2018 – 21. She will have a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford in 2023. www.careyyoung.com

To register please contact Luisa Summers, Arts Administrator at luisa.summers@wolfson.ox.ac.uk by 12noon on Thursday 3 March 2022. Details to join the event on Zoom will be sent to you by email.
 

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Creative writing workshops

Add to Calendar 2022-02-09T17:00:002022-02-09T18:30:00 Creative writing workshopsZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
Tom Brennan

This weekly creative writing workshop open to all is hosted by our Creative Arts Fellow Tom Brennan. Join in to explore new ways of thinking, no matter what your academic discipline.

Whether you have ambitions to work in creative fields, or are just interested in writing for fun, the creative writing group is a good place to find support and structure. You'll meet once a week and begin your work together with guided writing tasks. As a theatre practitioner, Tom's facilitation might include the language of drama, but writers who are interested in any form of creative writing are entirely welcome. It will be an easy-going space to stretch creative muscles and to develop together.

Each session is drop-in. To obtain the link to the Zoom meeting, please email Tom Brennan directly on thomas.brennan@wolfson.ox.ac.uk



About Tom:

Tom is an award-winning theatre director, playwright, and occasional actor. His company, The Wardrobe Ensemble is an associate company of Complicite and Shoreditch Town Hall. Tom’s work with the company has been performed at The National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Soho Theatre, and Bristol Old Vic among many other venues across The UK and USA. He was also a resident director at the Almeida Theatre on the productions of Mike Bartlett’s ‘Albion’ and Anne Washburn’s ‘Twilight Zone’.

Tom is also an associate artist of the North Wall Arts Centre here in Summertown, Oxford.

Virtual Art Class

Add to Calendar 2022-02-08T18:00:002022-02-08T20:00:00 Virtual Art ClassZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
Stacey Gledhill
Event price
Free
Booking Required
Required

Wolfson Arts Society invites you to a Virtual Art Class.

Tuesday 8 February 2022 at 6pm via Zoom.



An online live charcoal drawing demonstration with Stacey Gledhill.



To register please contact buki.fatona@wolfson.ox.ac.uk from your Wolfson email address.



The class is restricted to members of Wolfson College and there is no cost to attend.

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Counting Caste: Breaking the Caste Census Deadlock

Add to Calendar 2022-02-05T10:00:002022-02-06T17:00:00 Counting Caste: Breaking the Caste Census DeadlockZoom
Location
Zoom
Speakers
31 globally renowned experts - for details see below
Booking Required
Required

Two Day International Conference on Counting Caste: Breaking the Caste Census Deadlock

Saturday, 5 February 2022 - 10:00am to Sunday, 6 February 2022 - 5:00pm

The conference hopes to discuss how a caste census in India could take forward conversations on representation, access to resources, wealth distribution, and participation of marginalised caste groups in governance and electoral politics. Through six panels with notable names in academia, politics, activism, and performance, the conference aims to raise questions about how the “majority” and “minority” have been constructed in Indian politics, academic writing, and popular culture. It is being organised at the University of Oxford by the South Asia Alternative Forum (St Antony’s College), with the support of the department of Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, The Asian Studies Centre, St Antony's College, the South Asia Research Cluster (Wolfson College) and the South Asian Society.

Full Schedule below:

Saturday 5 February

Keynote Speaker : Sonajhariya Minz (Vice Chancellor, Sido Kanhu Murmu University)
10 am GMT | 3.30 pm IST

Panel 1 | Rethinking Majority and Minority in India: The Question of Caste Census
10.30 am to 12.30 pm GMT | 4.00 to 6 pm IST
Dilip Mandal - Public Intellectual, Former Managing Editor of India Today
Kanimozhi Karunanidhi - Member of Parliament
Satish Deshpande - Professor, Delhi University
Grace Banu - Activist, Trans Rights Now Collective
Moderator: Asha Singh - Assistant Professor, CSSSC.

Panel 2 | Census and the colonial construction of Hinduism
1 pm to 2.30 pm GMT | 6.30 pm to 8 pm IST
Gopal Guru - Editor, Economic & Political Weekly; Retired Professor, JNU
Anupama Rao - Associate Professor History, Columbia University.
Carmel Christy - Assistant Professor, Delhi University
Moderator: Nidhin Donald - Independent Researcher

Rap Performance: Arivu
3 pm GMT | 8.30 pm IST

Panel 3 | Whose Culture is it?: Decoding Caste within 'Popular' Culture
3.30 to 5 pm GMT | 9 pm to 10.30 pm IST
Pa Ranjith - Filmmaker
Sylvia Karpagam - Doctor and Public Health researcher
Nrithya Pillai - Hereditary Bharatnatyam dancer
Meena Kotwal - Editor, Mooknayak
Moderator: Vijeta Kumar - Lecturer, St Joseph's College, Bangalore

 


Sunday 6 February

Keynote Speaker: Bharat Patankar - Activist, President Shramik Mukti Dal
10 am GMT | 3.30 pm IST

Panel 4 | From Colonial to the Everyday: Hindutva’s Caste Ambiguity
10.30 am to 12 pm GMT | 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm IST
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd - Retired director, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad
Sagar - Staff writer, Caravan Magazine
Christophe Jaffrelot - Professor, Sciences Po
Moderator: Nandini Sundar - Professor, Delhi School of Economics

Panel 5 | Caste Census and the 'Muslim Question'
1 to 2.30 pm GMT | 6.30 to 8.00 pm IST
Khalid Anis Ansari - Associate Professor, Azim Premji University
Srinivas Goli - Assistant Professor, JNU
Ali Anwar - Journalist, Former Member of Parliament
Faisal Devji - Professor, University of Oxford
Moderator: Shireen Azam - DPhil researcher, University of Oxford

Panel 6 | Race and Caste: How do Oppressive Systems Count?
3.30 pm to 5 pm GMT | 9 to 10.30 pm IST
Ellis Monk - Associate Professor, Harvard University
Meena Dhanda - Professor, University of Wolverhampton
Kamala Visweswaran - Professor, Rice University
Moderator: Suraj Yengde - Senior Fellow, Harvard University